Session S64b (Wednesday, 2pm, Mueller 008)

P815: Comparison of a complete e-book system to companion e-homework systems

Diana Mason (University of North Texas, USA)

Chemistry instructors consider completion of homework integral to students’ success in general chemistry, but will coupling an e-textbook with e-homework make a difference in student mastery of the content required? This study compares traditional homework (Fall 2004, Spring 2005, and Fall 2011) to six different Web-based systems: ALEKS (Spring 2009 and Fall 2009); Catalyst (Spring 2008); MasteringChemistry (Fall 2007); OWL (2005, Fall 2006, Spring 2006); and Sapling Learning (Fall 2010, Spring 2011); SmartWork (Fall 2008) to the new concept of an integrated e-textbook/homework system, OWLBook (Spring 2012). Data from 14 semester classes over nine years consisting of diagnostic pre/post tests, number of successful and unsuccessful students, final semester grades, and student opinion on the use of e-homework systems will be presented.


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